Google developing experimental podcast app Shortwave

Google’s experimental unit said to be silently working on developing a new app for discovering and playing podcasts; named Shortwave. This new app is being revealed by the trademark filing, which describes it as “allow[ing] users to search, access, and play digital audio files, and to share links to audio files.”

Though the trademark filing doesn’t specify the kind of audio being accessed, but a Google representative said the focus of the app was on spoken word content. A Google spokesperson emphasized the app was being developed within the company’s Area 120 incubator and not related to any of the existing Google products.

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The current Podcasts app from Google is launched in June, nearly a month before this trademark was filed. Quite obviously, the two apps were developed in isolation, and it’s unclear how Shortwave would differ from Google Podcasts app.

A Google Spokesperson said:

One of the many projects that we’re working on within Area 120 is Shortwave, which helps users discover and consume spoken-word audio in new ways. Like other projects within Area 120, it’s a very early experiment so there aren’t many details to share right now.